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Fire Mitigation and Insurance Claims

Blue Pine Mitigating Large Apartment Fire at Autumn Chase in Vancouver On the evening of Wednesday, July 29th, Autumn Chase Apartments suffered significant damage to one of their thirty-nine buildings that was engulfed in flames. Thankfully, there were only four reported injured and First Responders had the fire out within thirty minutes. Blue Pine was notified

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Multifamily Renovations

Blue Pine Construction Corp specializes in exterior renovations of multifamily properties nationwide. Behind the scenes, every project follows strict guidelines to ensure the job is done correctly. To help explain this further is Shawn Marlar, our Director of Operations: “It starts at mobilization, a full understanding of the project scope, location, labor & material needs,

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2019 All-Team Meeting

All-Team Meeting was a Hole in One! The entire Blue Pine team gathered in Dana Point, CA for the annual all-team meeting. Events were held in a conference room at the stunning Monarch Beach Resort. Cindy Burke facilitated the two days of meetings with presentations by Shawn Marlar, Malarie Isas, Dennis Weddle, Enrique Isas, Duane

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The Columbia Breaks Ground

By Anthony Macuk, Columbian business reporter Published: October 30, 2019  Link to Story   Representatives from Jackson Square Properties, Blue Pine Construction and other project contractors gathered on Wednesday to celebrate The Columbia at the Waterfront, the latest project to get underway at The Waterfront Vancouver. The apartment development is located on Block 20 of the

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Tiny Home Apartment Communities

How do you feel about tiny home living?  CNN reported a survey done by the National Association of Home Builders that states “…more than ½ of Americans would consider living in a home that’s less than 600 feet” and among millennials, interest has increased 63%. I think it’s the idea of reducing the carbon footprint

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Why Raising Rent Won’t Raise Vacancies

Times are changing. Take-a-look at the Woman’s March on Washington for example. According to the Washington Post, it was likely, the largest single-day demonstration in recorded US History. On January 21, 2017, about 1.3% of the US population participated. All this change, but why? Simple question, simple answer. People are attracted to what they desire,

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Shared Living in the City

No, not sharing a flat, studio, bungalow, apartment, but sharing a home. The first thing to mind for me, MTV’s The Real World. But…the more I read into it, the more appealing it sounds. The idea is sold as a home with fantastic amenities right in the dead center of the city, and at an

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Top Three Trends in Multifamily Construction

2018 is more than half way over, and we see some trends in construction that have jumped to the top of the popularity charts. Resiliency: is leading the forefront.  This is a buzzword in 2018 due to last year’s hurricanes, heat waves, cold fronts, flooding, fires, and tornados.  According to Vox, property owners in 2017

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How to Win Tenants with Pets

Creating and maintaining an attractive pet-friendly environment is just as crucial for apartment tenants as it is for apartment owners. According to industry trends in the US, by the end of 2018, $72.13 billion will be spent on pets. The statistics don’t lie; America is buying in on their pet families. And it starts at home. From

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Five Tips for Women in Commercial Real Estate

I am a co-founder and the only female partner of a nationwide multifamily construction corporation. This means that as a woman, I’m a minority in two mainly male-dominated industries — one, construction and two, commercial real estate. Based on my experience and collected data, I’ve come up with five tips for women in commercial real

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Helping Tenants Live Organized

Every property has tenants with clutter issues. Unfortunately, in property management, those issues become yours. Here is why:     Is this a stretch? Maybe. But who wants to have messy tenants, right? This blog includes three subtle yet practical approaches to getting tenants organized. First, it starts in the showroom. When the on-site manager

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OODA Loop – Master Apartment Marketing

In 1961 the now-deceased Air Force Colonel (ret) John Boyd, created the OODA Loop (Observe, Orient, Decide, Act) approach for quick thinking on the battlefield. It is a way of processing conflict that revolutionized warfare worldwide. Boyd’s OODA Loop has also proven successful beyond military strategy. Businesses around the world have used the model to

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Cohousing Objectives for Property Management

I came across the cohousing community concept from an article in the New York Times. It immediately struck my interest. First, because the village living reminds me of The Walking Dead, don’t judge. Second, because I read this one line that stood out, “rather than depending on the nuclear family unit to meet all emotional

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Bringing Sustainability to the Multifamily Market

Sustainability is a broad practice that scales from the lifestyle choices of one person to building development, design, and or renovations implemented by large corporations.  To get the jest of it, good ol’ Wikipedia explains, “Practitioners of sustainable living attempt to reduce their carbon footprint by altering methods of transportation, energy consumption, and diet.” For

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Rural vs. Urban Living

To begin, I must admit that I am a 100% career-driven city girl. I am not feeling bad about it either. I’m not alone.  According to Buzzle, “Around 3.9 billion people (54% of the world’s population) live in urban areas,” and counting. On that note, we will begin with the perks of living in urban

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Proper Property Management

Multifamily property owners rely on their property management teams to keep the rents paid, occupancy high, and residents happy. These are important standards, but proper property management (PPM) goes the distance to get these standards met. The following six bases cover what is needed to reach PPM status. First, PPM must have resident portals. It’s

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Technology Changing the Multifamily Workplace

Technology has changed the workplace culture at a rapid pace across all businesses nationwide. The business that deserves recognition for the massive strides towards an easier, quicker, more effective workflow is the multifamily workplace. There have been several positive changes in the multifamily world. The most common, which also applies to almost all other businesses,

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Shipping Containers Turned Apartments

When you look up shipping container conversions, a plethora of pictures, articles and stories immediately flood your search engine. Mostly, the posts are about how shipping containers were turned into an office, single family resident, food stand, bar, swimming pool, artist studio, etc. (full list at the end of the blog). All the conversions are

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Mastering Hail Damage Insurance Claims

Hail damage is costly to repair and quite bothersome for not only the single-family homeowners but even more so for the owners of multifamily residential. According to RMIIA “during the past five years, claims related to wind and hail damage on a national basis accounted for almost 40 percent of all insured losses, averaging approximately $15 billion

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Top Four Trends in Multifamily

1.The Newest & Hottest Amenities for Multifamily Residents Innovative multifamily owners work with their developers and renovation companies to offer trendy and up to date amenities for the prospective tenants. Building the iPod docs right into the wall was great when they first came out. But since, only dates the property. It’s tricky to make

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